history fact – March 9, 2017

Today is Thursday, March 9, the 68th day of 2017. There are 297 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in history took place 176 years ago:

On March 9, 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. The Amistad, ruled in favor of a group of Africans captured by U.S. authorities after they had seized control of a Spanish schooner, La Amistad, that was transporting them to a life of slavery in Cuba; the justices ruled, 7-1, that the Africans had been illegally enslaved, and should be set free.

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